I think that it is well established that redskin is taken by most people today to be disparaging. What is more interesting is whether it has always been so, as Harjo et al., as well as various others, claim. One interesting piece of evidence is the origin of the name Washington Redskins. In 1933, George Preston Marshall, the owner of the team, which was then located in Boston, renamed it the Boston Redskins in honor of the head coach, William “Lone Star” Dietz, an American Indian.³ When the team moved to Washington in 1937 it was renamed the Washington Redskins. George Marshall clearly did not consider the name disparaging.
– So. There’s your intent, right there. But to the politically correct rabble rousing identity politics industry, such things matter little. Having declared the term derogatory, they then cite how the term is believed to be derogatory as proof that it is. Which is the kind of thinking that works with leftist language thieves, but that significantly fails with intentionalists.
Those Redskins weren’t authentic.
Actually, there is nothing new about Progtardia suddenly deciding that appellations the victims of the white patriarchy choose for themselves are suddenly racist and demeaning.
Consider how nigger morphed to Negro (You do know what NAACP stands for, right?), and from there to Black (because Negro came to be deemed racist (mostly by white people), resulting in groups like the Black Panthers, and finally to the ludicrous “African-American,” which is designed to swat both the racist and immigrant targets.
Basially, any ethnic term that gains common currency among the non-ethnic will always come to be deemed derogatory and bigoted by Progtardia. And they always end in over-reach: I’m white as a bucket of library paste, but had I immigrated from South Africa, say, like Kim Du Toit, I would have every right to call myself an African-American. Or, to strain the analogy even further, since mankind likely arose in Africa, we should all call ourselves African-American, since our ancestors hailed from there.